CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Laughing. Smiling. Studying. Sharing. Learning. Each one of the more than 350 photos currently on exhibit at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi illustrates a moment in the past year at the library. The “Islanders in the Library” exhibit, which runs from Monday, Aug. 3 through Tuesday, Sept. 15, is a daily chronicle of student life. The photos were taken by Jeffrey Janko, Library Information Specialist at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, and student volunteer Vincent Nguyen.
“I believe the library is the heart of the University,” said Janko. “Obviously, students come here to study and research, but they also come here to relax between classes, do homework, and attend special events.”
Janko, who has a passion for photography, created this exhibition because he felt students, current and prospective, would enjoy seeing how the library has been used over the past year. Since August 2014, he has taken more than 600 photos of students for the Bell Library’s weekly Facebook photo album. Photos depict students studying, researching, receiving assistance from the librarians, and participating in the many events held at the library throughout the year. In the photos, their expressions range from studious to humorous, from intense to relaxed.
The Bell Library provides resources and services to assist students and faculty with their research and information needs. The library offers access to over half a million items in its online catalog, over 243 online databases, and 130,000 electronic journals. The Special Collections and Archives house a wealth of resources focusing on Corpus Christi, the Coastal Bend and South Texas and is home to the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers, the Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection, and the John W. Tunnell, M.D. Texana Collection.
The Islanders in the Library display is free and open to the public during regular library business hours. For more information, visit http://rattler.tamucc.edu/.